Musicians of the Lowell Folk Festival 2015

These are some scenes from the musical part of the Lowell Folk Festival. Unfortunately, photos do not convey the music well, but as you can see, it is an international affair. My favorites were George (Super Chikan) Johnson and his band The Fighting Cocks, and the group Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba. We heard many more bands than the ones you see here, but this will give you a flavor of what we experienced.

30 thoughts on “Musicians of the Lowell Folk Festival 2015

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you, Himali. Photos 3 & 4 were taken at a workshop in which various violin players got together to talk about their individual styles and play a bit for us. Cheers =)

      1. milfordstreet Post author

        It is really cool because you can not only enjoy the music but also learn about it. I will say more about this tomorrow or Friday. 😉


    Great fun 🙂
    They seem to be proffessional
    Great shots Chris
    The images are playing music
    Have a great day 😀

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Yes, Soheir…It is great fun.
      The people are professional musicians and they are invited from all around the world to play at this festival. Many are people who we have not heard of before but who are a big deal in their home country. It is so interesting to see their clothes and instruments and hear how they play.
      I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard music from your country. Can you recommend someone, please and I will find them on YouTube. 😀

      1. SOHEIR

        Thanks Chris
        I will bring some links for you when I get them from google soon
        I wish that you will like them
        Wait for me please:-D

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      First thank you so much for going to the effort of finding these. I enjoyed them.
      The Hamza Namira song has a pop sound to it but this is not a love song, like most pop songs. You were kind enough to give me a version with English translation. It seems to be about breaking out from some dogma or beliefs that entrap the singer. It is very powerful.
      The second song did not have a translation and the title was written in Arabic but the song is lovely. He sings with great passion.
      The last one (Mager Zain) is my favorite. There is a very upbeat and wholesome feel to the video. So many things are the same everywhere about people having a good time. I like to think we are more similar than different. The boy opening the cookie made me smile because I did this as a boy with Oreo cookies. 😃
      Thank you so much for sharing these with me. 😊

      1. SOHEIR

        You are most welcome Chris
        Yes I agree with you we are alike in many aspects of life although our traditions are somehow different
        Thanks a lot:-)

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      lol…After the other videos all being men, i was wondering if perhaps you only had male singing artists. No, Sherien is also a wonderful artist. On all of these I like the Eastern sound…It is difficult to describe but it just has a wonderfully exotic tone. Thank you again. Cheers =)

      1. SOHEIR

        Hi Chris
        Al fajr prayer now
        Your comments are very smart
        As a matter of fact ..we have many female singing artists in Egypt
        In Egypt you can find different types of singers
        But those I showed you are just my favourite ones
        I am happy you liked the eastern sound
        Thanks Chris
        I wish you a happy Thursday

      2. milfordstreet Post author

        Hello Soheir
        Thank you again…I really enjoyed hearing some of the different singers there and seeing the video.
        I hope you have a happy Thursday also.
        Cheers =)

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